Suboptimal mammography positioning is the primary factor leading to technically inadequate mammograms. Poor mammogram quality contributes to undetected breast cancer. In a single-institution study, only 67% of images met the positioning criteria set forth by the American College of Radiology® (ACR®). (Pal et al., AJR 2018).
The Mammography Positioning Improvement Collaborative seeks to improve breast cancer detection through screening.
Improvement collaborative participation supports site teams with creating a standardized system for mammography positioning, evaluation and ongoing monitoring, with the goal of delivering images that more consistently meet the ACR positioning criteria. Please note, technical skill training on positioning is not a program component.